David Chadwell
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David C Chadwell (1790 - 1872)

David C Chadwell
Born in Rockingham Co., N. C.map
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at age 81 in Orangeville, Fannin, Texasmap
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David C. Chadwell, son of John Chadwell Sr and Mary Allen Chadwell was born in Rockingham Co., N.C., about Dec 22 1790, and died near Trenton, Fannin Co., Tex., Jan 3 1872. He was buried at Porter's Cemetery, Fannin Co., Texas.

  • 1820 census, Williamson Co TN
  • 1840 census, Marshall Co TN
  • 1850 census, Marshall Co TN, age 58, b. NC
  • Sept 5, 1842, qualified as Constable. Davidson Co., TN.
  • June 5, 1843, resigned as Constable. Book "B", p 207 & 292, Minutes- Co., Court Davidson Co TN (LDS Reel 0976392) (NP181(2)) [1]

David Chadwell made application for Bounty Land due him under the Act of March 18, 1855. He was age 64 at the time and a resident of Fannin Co., Texas. He was a private in the company commanded by Capt. Thomas Miller, in the Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers, under the command of General Gains on the frontier of Texas in the year 1836. [2] David Chadwell is the 3rd great-grandfather of Laura Welch Bush. [3]


In Rockingham. North Carolina he married Jane (Jincy) Johnson 1795-1885 She was the daughter of Mary Baker deGraffinried and Gideon Johnson. In Fannin County, Texas, May 10, 1855, David Chadwell made application for Bounty Land due him under the Act of March 18, 1855. He was age 64 at the time and a resident of Fannin Co., Texas. He was a private in the company commanded by Capt. Thomas Miller, in the Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers, under the command of General Gains on the frontier of Texas in the year 1836. [4] David Chadwell is the 3rd great-grandfather of Laura Welch Bush.

Chadwell Family

David Chadwell, the elder

Mordecai Hoard of Henry County, Virginia, came to Powell Valley in Lee County, with Captain Joseph Martin in 1775 and took up a 400 acre tract of land in the Martin grant of 1769. He also took up another tract of 860 acres. Hoard returned to Henry County where he died. Captain David Chadwell, also a native of Henry County, bought from the heirs of Hoard the 400 acre tract and 707 acres of the other tract. Deeds for these tracts being dated November, 1791, however, David Chadwell was in the area as early as May, 1790, and immediately upon coming here he built a Station or Fort, which was widely known as "Chadwell's Station." The station was a stop over for people traveling westward over the Wilderness Road, as well as being a refuge from Indian attacks for Chadwell and his neighbors. Whether this was a stockaded fort or just a fort house is not known. There is today a church in this area called Chadwell's Station Church.

Aft'er settlement David Chadwell began acquiring other lands and by 1801 he was assessed with 1800 acres of land in Lee County. He continued to acquire land in both Lee County, and adjoining Claiborne County, Tennessee, and finally moved to Tazewell, the county seat of Claiborne County, leaving his Lee County lands in the hands of his children. He died at Tazewell, in 1832, at the age of 100, having been born in 1732, and is buried there at Breastwork Hill.

David Chadwell Sr married Elizabeth Turner and their children were:
  • John Chadwell, b. 1771, m. Mary (Polly) Adams, b. 1772 (thought to be father of David C Chadwell)
  • David Chadwell, Jr., b. 1776, m. Nancy Lane
  • Susanna Chadwell (1773-1846), m. (1) Benjamin Posey (2) Daniel O'Daniel
  • Barthena Chadwell, b. 1775, m. (1) Moses Cotterill, the Ensign who was chased across Powell Mountain by the Indian Chief Benge in 1793. Married (2) Jerome Skelton.
  • Mary (Polly) Chadwell, 8-30-1777, d. 1855, m. (1) Walter Middleton, 2-29-1801. Married (2) Benjamin Cloud who died in 1845 at Chadwell Station.
  • William Chadwell, b. 1783, d. 12-5-1857, m. Charterine Lane, b. 1795 in Grainger Co., TN.
  • Alexander Chadwell, b. 1783, d. 1868, m. Lucy Bailey, b. 1789, d. 3-31-1859, daughter of Carr and Mary Bailey of Henry County, Virginia.
  • Nancy Chadwell, b. 1774, m. in 1790 to James Brittain

We know that David Chadwell Sr, who was a Captain in the Revolution, was in the area of his station as early as May, 1790, for on that day he was granted permission to establish a grist mill on his property. David Chadwell had a sister, Jemima, who married William Cox and settled also in Lee County, Virginia. This could possibly have been the Mrs. Cox shot at by the Indians, on march 17, 1785, mentioned in letters to the Governor of Virginia from both Captain Joseph Martin and Colonel Arthur Campbell.[5]

The relationship between David Chadwell b 1732 and David C Chadwell b 1790 is not clear. The ancestry tree of George Chadwell, progenature of this line is confusing and indicates that the two David's may be brothers by the same father and a different mother. It may be however, that David Chadwell b 1776 is the uncle of David C Chadwell. It is thought that John Chadwell, the brother of David b 1732 is David C Chadwell's father. It is clear that David C Chadwell is a descendant of George Chadwell, most likely his grand son. More research is needed.

Children of David C. Chadwell and Jane Johnson

John Johnson Chadwell, born Nov 18, 1813 in NC, Rockingham Co.; died Jan 22, 1884 in TX, Fannin, Trenton.
William P. Chadwell, born 1814 in TN, Davidson Co.; died Bet. 1815 - 1904.
Mary Chadwell, born Jul 29, 1815 in NC, Rockingham; died Jul 17, 1888, married James Thomas Aldridge
James B. Chadwell, born 1820 in TN, Davidson Co.; died Bet. 1821 - 1910.
Brown Chadwell, born 1824 in TN, Davidson Co.; died Bet. 1825 - 1914
Joseph B. Chadwell, born 1825 in TN, Davidson Co.; died Bet. 1827 - 1916.
S. A. Chadwell, born 1829 in TN, Davidson Co.; died Bet. 1830 - 1919.
Elizabeth Jane Chadwell born 1838 in MS, TN; died Bet. 1839 - 1932
Nancy Chadwell born Feb 08, 1860 in TN, Davidson Co.; died Bet. 1832 - 1925. She married William Montgomery Jul 08, 1848 in TN, Marshall Co; born Abt. 1828 in TN.[6]

David C Chadwell burial

Name:David Chadwell
Birth:22 Dec 1790
Death:03 Jan 1872
Burial:Porter / Porter's Chapel Cemetery
Fannin Co. TX, USA
Inscription: Age 82
Notes: Stone with Jane.
Biographical information on the Chadwell family can be found on page 140 of Fannin County Folks and Facts, which states that he and his son John Johnson Chadwell emigrated from Marshall Co., Tennessee to settle north of the present site of Trenton in 1855, and was married to Jancy June Johnson. TXFannin GenWeb #: 021522


  1. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~enchantedworld/Chadwell/George-1709.pdf George Chadwell 1709]
  2. Biography of David C Chadwell (1790-1872)
  3. ]http://www.wargs.com/political/welch.html Ancestors of Laura Lane Welch Bush]
  4. Biography of David C Chadwell (1790-1872)
  5. FRONTIER FORTS, By Emory L. Hamilton
  6. Allen Book by K. P. Darling, LDS
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Your Chadwell & my Chadwell's are different. My David Chadwell was the son of John Chadwell 1702 & Barthena Harding 1706. They had 16 children. 5 that I know of spelled their last name with a "K". The Grand father was Felix Kadwell & Abigail Nicholls. My David Chadwell Married Elizabeth Ann Turner & had abt. 8 children. My family comes from William-1779. He was my Maternal, 4xGreat grand father. William married Catherine Lane-1795, in 1808. Their son Alexander-1830, had a son, William A. who was my great grandfather. Always check your dates & places. If it doesn't "feel" right--check some more.
posted by Gay (Leonard) Brown
David Douglass, You and Linda Sibley are 5th cousins. If your relationship is further back than 3rd cousin, this one DNA match isn't sufficient to support marking any relationships 'confirmed with DNA'. It requires triangulation. See this page: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/DNA_Confirmation

Kay Wilson

posted by Kay (Johnson) Wilson
Ive reviewed a couple of sources I would consider pretty reliable and it appears that Mary Allen is the correct spouse of John and correct mother of David Chadwell.


http://www.wargs.com/political/welch.html im going to go ahead with the merge

posted by David Douglass
Phillip you have as David's mother Mary Allen, spouse of John Chadwell. I have Mary's sister, Elizabeth Allen as his mother, spouse of John Chadwell. In my line Mary Allen married abt 1780 in Virginia a James Hartless b abt 1758. Im not sure my information is correct so I am looking further into it before we merge the two profiles.
posted by David Douglass
Chadwell-136 and Chadwell-2 appear to represent the same person because: same dates, same father, mother needs investigation see http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Chadwell&GSfn=David&GSby=1790&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=5687814&df=all&
posted by Robin Lee

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